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New Ecoboost engine marries impressive power and torque with tax-friendly CO2

Our Verdict

The Ford Mondeo is a well developed all-rounder that shines with its handling and finish

The Ford Mondeo is a fine car in most areas. The family hatch is still a class leader even as its replacement nears

What is it?

After the diesel's rise to pre-eminence in upsize family cars, the petrol engine is fighting back. Some of the tools in its armoury are direct injection, a turbocharger and clever interlinking of exhaust ports and turbo scrolls to improve exhaust scavenging.

Combined with inlet and exhaust valve timing variable over a very wide range, remarkable feats of power, torque and frugality become possible. Ford's new Ecoboost engines feature all of the above.

And the newest Ecoboost is this 237bhp version of the aluminium-block 2.0, found in the Titanium X Sport version of the newly facelifted Mondeo and replacing the thirsty five-cylinder.

It comes exclusively with a six-speed double-wet-clutch gearbox, and the Sport part denotes adaptive dampers with the usual Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. You'd expect paddle-shifters to go with this transmission, but they are strangely absent. Manual shifting therefore involves the central lever, with the Ford (and BMW) logic of pulling back for an upshift.

What's it like?

The shift is quick, clean, very smooth and a touch more definite in its own Sport mode, but the engine's torque and the automatic mode's intuition are such that you'll likely leave the transmission to its own devices after the novelty has worn off.

But for all that 251lb ft of torque (266lb ft on overboost), and the inclusion of a bulkhead-directed 'sound symposer' to add some aural character at high revs and big throttle openings, you do sometimes wonder if all 237 horses are on duty. Blame the Mondeo's weight for this, and the easy, undramatic, always accurate way it handles difficult bends and bumps.

It's also worth noting that the cabin quality of the facelifted Mondeo puts it within touching distance of more premium rivals, while the CO2 output of a engine of this power and size are impressive, too.

Should I buy one?

Maybe. While impressive in the bulky Mondeo, this engine would work very nicely in a hot hatchback of, say, Focus size. Soon it is likely to do just that, bolted to a manual transmission in the next Focus ST.

John Simister

 

Ford Mondeo 2.0 EcoBoost 240 Titanium X Sport

Price: £27,045 (est); Top speed: 150mph; 0-62mph: 7.9sec; Economy: 36.6mpg; CO2: 179g/km; Kerb weight: 1494kg; Engine type: 4 cyls in line, 1999cc, turbodiesel; Power: 237bhp; Torque: 251lb ft; Gearbox: 6-speed double-clutch

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10 September 2010

I know this is a great car to drive but too fussy with all those lights at the front.Interior a great improvement but they should have made the steering wheel smaller its still too big.

10 September 2010

whilst the improvements to the interior are worthwhile, i am not impressed with this engine and gearbox combination. Compared to the Insignia with a 2.0 engine this is nearly a second to 60 slower despite having an extra 20 bhp. i suspect its this gearbox.

i cant understand why Ford dont give the option of this engine with a manual box.

10 September 2010

I agree Artill. 0-62 in 7.9 secs is stupidly slow for car with 237bhp. I think the diesel 5 series with similar output is over two and a half secs faster! Considering the 2.2 tdci, 197bhp does 0-62 in 8.1, it must be the gearbox rather than the weight that makes this so slow. I'd be interested in autocar's view on this... Are you read John?

www.thecarexpert.co.uk/forums

10 September 2010

[quote Autocar]After the diesel's rise to pre-eminence in upsize family cars, the petrol engine is fighting back. Some of the tools in its armoury are direct injection, a turbocharger and clever interlinking of exhaust ports and turbo scrolls to improve exhaust scavenging[/quote] As this petrol engined Mondeo uses 30% more fuel than the previously tested 2.2 diesel version I expect it will sell in tiny numbers. Giving a petrol car the added complexity of a turbocharger/variable valve timing/direct injection removes any possible objections to a diesel engines complexity as an ownership prospect and yet it still uses 30% more fuel, as it must due to the laws of thermodynamics. Those of us who have to buy our own fuel out of already heavily taxed income or pay tax on benefit in kind will stick with the diesel versions of this excellent car.

10 September 2010

and those of us with any taste will walk straight to theVauxhall garage.

10 September 2010

[quote Marky13]and those of us with any taste will walk straight to the Vauxhall garage.[/quote]

I'm not a frequent viewer of these forums - are you being sarcastic, or serious ?

10 September 2010

New engine in a Mondeo!

But

IT IS STILL A MONDEO, a fleet (not so) special repmobile...........

10 September 2010

[quote trocadero]a fleet (not so) special repmobile...........[/quote]

So is this.

10 September 2010

[quote Gilesme]

[quote Marky13]and those of us with any taste will walk straight to the Vauxhall garage.[/quote]

I'm not a frequent viewer of these forums - are you being sarcastic, or serious ?

[/quote]

A mistake if reliability is an issue - Ford is rated batter than Vauxhall, according to this.

Although Vauxhall is rated better than Audi...

10 September 2010

I'm suspicious of the 1494kg kerbweight quoted here.

Ford's own figures show that the existing 203PS 2.0 EcoBoost weighs 1583kg. Ford's figures also suggest that the 0-60 mph sprint (slightly quicker than 0-100 km/h) for the 203PS is 7.7 seconds. I'm confused...


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